Geffrye Museum Christmas tree reveals the festive wishes of young Londoners

By Culture24 Staff | 15 December 2010 | Updated: 12 December 2010
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Sophie Grant-Vaswani and Sunny Oduyemi decorate the Stories of the World: London ‘Wishmas tree’ at the Geffrye Museum
The Geffrye Museum in London is using its Christmas tree this year to find out what young Londoners want for Christmas.

You might think the answer to that question is obvious – iPods, Trainers, iPhones, a job on graduation perhaps? But the responses, which have been written down by young Londoners and used to decorate the Geffrye’s "Wishmas" tree, have been more thoughtful than you might expect.

The project, which is part of the London arm of the Cultural Olympiad Stories of the World project, has been kickstarted by young volunteers in London museums.

Olly Mercer, 16, a Young Consultant with the Geffrye Museum, said: “This Christmas I’m wishing for an end to poverty around the world.” Alice Hargreaves, 20, a volunteer with the Museum of London, weighed in with a wish for something more specific.

“This Christmas I’m wishing...that I’ll be able to do a Masters in Late Antique and Byzantine studies starting in September,” she said. “Not only do I hope to get a place but I'm wishing for good grades and the opportunity to get some funding so that I can afford to carry on my studies.”

Now visitors to the museum aged between 14-24 are also encouraged to capture the thoughts of their generation by writing their wishes onto the tree decorations.

Those who can’t go to the Geffrye in person can add their wishes via the Stories of the World London facebook page: www.facebook.com/storiesoftheworldlondon
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